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Reimagining Digital Learning for Sustainable Development
How Upskilling, Data Analytics, and Educational Technologies Close the Skills Gap

Edited By

Sheila Jagannathan

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ISBN 9780367545604
June 22, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
352 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Reimagining Digital Learning for Sustainable Development is a comprehensive playbook for the design and implementation of continuous learning among individuals and institutions aspiring to achieve the United Nations’ ambitious Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Currently, nearly every aspect of human activity, including the ways we absorb and apply learning, is influenced by disruptive digital technologies. The jobs available today are no longer predicators of future employment, and current and future workforce members will need to augment their competencies through a lifetime of continuous upskilling and reskilling to meet the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This book explores major shifts in content formats, pedagogic approaches, technology frameworks, user and design experiences, and learner roles and expectations that will reshape our institutions, particularly in emerging economies. The agile, lean, and cost-effective strategies proposed here will function in scalable and flexible bandwidth environments to enable education leaders and practitioners to transform brick-and-mortar learning organizations into digital and blended ecosystems.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1 Foreword 2 Part 1: Learning in the 21st Century 1. Scale of the challenge: Massive Reskilling and Upskilling Needed - The Crucial Role of Capacity Development 2. The Digital Learning Opportunity 3. Why Lifelong Learning for Careers that Don't Yet Exist 4. Decisions Pathways Leading to the Successful Digital Transformation of Learning: Conversation with Tony Bates Part 2: Innovative Pedagogies to Advance Reach, Relevance and Quality Learning Outcomes 5. Reimagining Pedagogy for a Digital Age: Conversation with Tony Bates 6. Pedagogic Choreograpies for Practitioner Skill Development 7. Quality for New Digital Learning Cultures 8. The Manifesto for Teaching Online and the Complexities of Digital Education Part 3: New Models for Deeper Learning 9. How MOOCs are Changing the World and What Lies Ahead 10. Game Mechanics for Digital Learning 11. The Future of Learning is Immersive: Games, Simulations and Virtual Reality Part 4: Digital and Blended Learning in Action: Good Practices 12. Linking Learning to Jobs and Service Delivery in the Public Sector 13. Building National-Level Partnerships for e-Learning: The Malaysian Experience 14. Improving Performance and Employability Through e-Learning: The IDB Experience 15. Lessons from Two Transformational EdTech Initiatives in China 16. Skilling the Youth Bulge in India: NSDC Experiences Part 5: Future of Content Development: Leveraging Open Resources 17. Open Educational Resources for Sustainable Development: Guidelines for Policy and Capacity Building Part 6: The Power of the Platform: Smart Technologies and Tools 18. AI, Blockchain and 5G: Implications for Education, Upskilling and Lifelong Learning 20. Reimagining Educational Experiences via Artificial Intelligence and New Technologies 21. A Metaknowledge Framework in the Training of Trainers Using Smart Mobile Learning Applications Part 7: Modernizing Learning Measurement, Evaluation and Credentialing through Data Analytics for Insights and Decision Making 22. Evaluating and Improving the Impact of Digital Learning 23. Using Learning Analytics to Accelerate Change 24. Advancing Sustainable Educational Ecosystems with Open Digital Credentials and Badges Part 8: Mobilizing Partnerships to Support Pathways to Work 25. Partnership Engagements for Sustainable Development: Lessons from Educational Technology Partnerships 26. From Concepts to Action: How to Accelerate Digital Learning to Achieve SDGs - Influencer Viewpoints 27. The Future of Learning is Here - Are You Ready?

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Sheila Jagannathan is the Head of the Open Learning Campus at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., USA.


"Twenty-seven contributions from leading experts in the field have come together at an opportune time, when the entire world has been forced to transition to virtual learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking ahead, we still have significant challenges in delivering the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. I congratulate Sheila Jagannathan and the many contributing authors for this impressive exposition of how EdTech and pedagogical innovations will diffuse the benefits of the digital and learning revolution to every corner of the world."

—Denis Robitaille, Vice President, World Bank

"For decades, Sheila Jagannathan has had a pulse on learning technologies being incorporated by the world community for transformative change. Not surprisingly, she has deftly assembled a stellar slate of futurists, policy makers, pragmatists, realists, and visionaries in the pages of this wondrous book. Each chapter offers a timely recap of today that should foster cogent and exhilarating plans for education and training in the many worlds of tomorrow about to unfold."

—Curtis J. Bonk, Professor, Instructional Systems Technology (IST), Indiana University

"This is an interesting and timely publication, as the COVID-19 pandemic has been such a disrupter for the education sector globally. The opportunities offered by innovative pedagogies and EdTech advances are particularly valuable to emerging countries seeking to modernize their skills and capacity-building institutions to create new jobs and build back more resilient futures after the pandemic."

—Bakary Diallo, CEO & Rector, African Virtual University

"Upskilling the global workforce to compete for the jobs of the future is an urgent imperative and a complex challenge. This book provides valuable insights on the growing importance of lifelong learning to prepare us for jobs and careers that do not exist today and to assist us in mastering digital disruption in the workplace, where full-time workers, gig workers, and bots work side by side."

—Jeanne Meister, Managing Partner, Future Workplace and Faculty of the Future Workplace Academy

"This book addresses a range of critical issues facing education today. These challenges include that of reimagining at scale what education can and should be, especially to equitably meet the needs of today’s learners, as well as to prepare them for future careers (careers that may not even exist today). There is great potential in digital technologies and their thoughtful implementation in educational spaces to meet these challenges. This book brings together a wide array of ideas, tools, approaches, and models across multiple contexts that can inform the next wave of educational innovation, both locally and globally. I see this book as being of great value to policy makers, practitioners, educational and business leaders across the world."

—Punya Mishra, Professor and Associate Dean of Scholarship and Innovation, Arizona State University

"This book is a must read for leaders looking to reimagine a modern, digital learning ecosystem with a strategic vision. Sheila Jagannathan and other eminent authors provide practical insights on the how-to aspects, including smart solutions to the typical upskilling or reskilling challenges that emerging economies face."

—George Siemens, Professor and the Executive Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at University of Texas

"Digital connectivity has become a lifeline for using data, consuming content, and engaging in digital applications by individuals, governments, and businesses to ensure continuity of economic and social activities throughout the developing world. I congratulate Sheila Jagannathan and the authors for producing a timely contribution that offers insights on how skills-building from brick-and-mortar to blended institutions can be achieved throughout the world."

—Boutheina Guermazi, Senior Director, Digital Development, World Bank